Families & Patients

NewYork-Presbyterian

For Families & Patients

Patient Stories

Woman searching for direction

Scared

“Things got really scary during my senior year of high school after I was accepted at college. At first I was happy, but then started to feel sick.”
Man mapping a maze in the brain

Lonely

“OCD-type anxiety is a very lonely illness. Your mind turns in on itself, endlessly deliberating over every thought and task you encounter.”
a man cleaning a glass tabletop

Fired

“I’m 23 and living at my mom’s house because I can’t hold down a job. I got hired right out of college, but then my anxiety flared up and I constantly thought about being infected with germs.”
perfectly lined peas

Perfectionist

“Throughout my childhood I was a passionate overachiever. From a very young age I struggled with being a perfectionist, as well as with anxiety and depression, but they were not major factors in my day-to-day life.”
a man walking a tightrope

Struggling

“I was an honors student back in high school, and my college prospects were promising. But now, six years later, I’m still struggling to finish community college.”
a young woman looking forlorn

Speechless

“I am 24 years old and just finished my master’s degree in health-care administration. I am doing well now, but I have had a lifelong struggle with anxiety that at times made me wonder whether I would ever make it.”
person picking at their nails

Procrastinator

“Anxiety is more often than not self-inflicted. I procrastinated in writing this piece until the last minute, regardless of the fact that I couldn’t wait to write it.”
young man standing near a group of teens

Lost

“While on the outside others might think that I’m doing pretty well for myself, inside I feel like I can’t do anything right and will never be good enough.”

young woman thinking

Worried

“I'm a worrier. When I was a kid I used to have a hard time being away from my parents and I'd think about all the horrible things that might happen to them.”
a young woman grooming herself in front of a mirror

Obsessive

“All girls worry about what other people think of them, so for a long time I didn’t know my thoughts were any different from anyone else’s.”